Work and Skills

For Employers

Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester & Leicestershire. They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. SSR is a tailored service to meet your needs, offering a wide range of training support.

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Leicester Employment Hub

The Leicester Employment Hub undertakes a range of activities to drive up demand for the full range of national and local employment and training opportunities. It works directly with local businesses (especially SMEs) to increase demand for:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Work experience
  • Internships
  • Volunteering
  • Work placements opportunities

The project also adds capacity to and complements the work of the Education Skills Funding Agency and local apprenticeship training providers.

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Apprenticeships can bring fresh new ideas to your businesses and are a great way to train new or existing staff with skills tailored to your business. For apprenticeships to be successful in your organisation they need to be high quality opportunities but there is plenty of support available to help you. This includes help with finding the right standard and training provider, recruitment, funding and more.

Funding options:

  • If you do not need to pay the levy; You pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. If you employ fewer than 50 employees then the government will pay 100% of the costs of apprenticeship training.

  • If you pay the levy; You’ll receive funds to spend on training and assessing your apprentices. The government will add 10%.

  • The government has introduced an incentive payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021.

The Leicester Employment Hub offers a free service to Leicestershire employers to help you navigate the process. Get in touch today to find out if an apprenticeship is right for your organisation and take the first steps on your apprenticeship journey.

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Sector-based Work Academies

Sector-based work academies are designed to help meet your immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business.

A sector-based academy can last up to 6 weeks. Placements have 3 main components:

  1. pre-employment training – relevant to the needs of your business sector
  2. work experience placement – of great benefit to the individual and a business
  3. a guaranteed job interview

In England, sector-based work academy training is fully funded through the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by further education colleges and training providers. The training will enable participants to undertake units on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Find out more on the link below but please get in touch with the Economic Development Team at if this is something you would like to explore further.

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The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme

The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme helps talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need.

  • They can support corporate redeployment, recruitment and skills development activities across all sectors of construction
  • Tailored company pages and microsites to promote your business, services, latest vacancies, news and events
  • Simple, easy to use platform which enables companies to search for and recruit quality individuals and promote an unlimited number of vacancies
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Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs which was announced in July 2020 and it aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.

The scheme offers funding for employers to create new 6 month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers offering under 30 placements need to apply through a gateway. The Harborough Innovation Centre (Harborough District Council) are an approved gateway.

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For People


Apprenticeships are a great option for people of all ages. They give you the ability to learn and earn at the same time, as well as giving you invaluable on the job experience. You can now find apprenticeships across a range of sectors and at varying levels. So, weather you have just left school, university, another job or have been out of work for a while, an apprenticeship could be a great option for you.

Search for local Apprenticeship opportunities using the link below.

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Leicestershire Cares

Leicestershire Cares is very active in getting individuals work ready and back into the workplace. This includes young people with care experience, homeless young people and ex-offenders.
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Work Live Leicestershire

The Work Live Leicestershire project supports adults into work across the Harborough District. They offer:

  • CV refreshing
  • Job search tips
  • Employment hotline
  • Exclusive online courses
  • Regular, remote 1-2-1 support

Phone: 0116 249 8828


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Job Centre Plus

If you are a job seeker you will already be using the Job Centre however make sure you follow them on Twitter for job search on the go!

Follow their dedicated social media feed for the area for jobs, events (including virtual job fairs) and essential careers advice! They are live on social Monday - Friday, 9 - 5pm.

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National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers free impartial information, advice and guidance to help you move on in work and life from professional Careers Advisers. They can support anyone, aged 19 or above – whether you are unemployed or in work.

Phone: 0800 917 9419


Futures delivers the National Careers Service in the East Midlands and East of England.

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The Skills Toolkit

Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.

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Prince's Trust

The Princes Trust is open to 16-30 year olds and offers the one-to-one support, advice and guidance you need to develop your confidence and gain skills.

Enterprise programme - Find funding and mentors to help you become your own boss, doing something you’re passionate about.

Team Programme - Have an adventure away from home, where you’ll find out what you’re really capable of.

Help Getting a Job - Want to work out what you’re passionate about and gain confidence to start your career? On the Princes Trust free courses you’ll get the chance to wow potential employers and learn from people who’ve already worked their way up at companies like ASOS, Sony, the NHS and Gap.

Coronavirus Support Hub - Find advice and guidance to help you develop your confidence and skills, as you explore your next steps for finding a job or becoming self-employed.

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Thinking of starting your own business?

Are you thinking of starting your own business? There are resources to help you! Get in touch with us for support in accessing free programmes to help you get started such as the NBV Programme. This programme offers a three-day training course which will give you the skills that you’ll need to start and manage a successful small business. They also offer start-up grants.

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Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Looking for a job or volunteering opportunity in the sport and well-being sector? Leicestershire and Rutland Sport have a wealth of information for anyone wanting to find out more about working in the sport sector with a focus on Leicester and Leicestershire.

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The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme

The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme helps talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise, while helping  businesses find the skills they need.

  • Works by promoting you directly, through your online profile and CV, to interested organisations, both regionally and nationally
  • Dedicated resourcing portal providing direct contact between companies and individuals
  • Automated job alerts and saved searches to keep in touch with any new opportunities
  • A 24/7 presence providing local exposure to interested companies with visibility and access to their vacancies
  • Simple, easy to use system with tracking and management of your applications and any expressions of interest you receive
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